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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

The walls around the garden of Google's Chrome browser are about to get a little higher, thanks to upcoming changes to how developers are allowed to distribute browser extensions to users on Windows.
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2013

'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

Pic A bizarre spinning object, described by NASA as "weird and freakish" and shooting jets of matter that cause it to move, has been spotted in our Solar System.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013

Nvidia CEO: Android 'the most disruptive operating system in decades'

Nvidia cofounder, president, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is a big, big fan of the Android operating system – a fact that he made abundantly clear when speaking with analysts and reporters after announcing his company's financial results for the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year on Thursday.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013
School of Rock

Google to deliver MOOC for Australian teachers

Google has revealed just what it plans to to do help drive uptake of Australia's imminent digital technologies curriculum: an online course for teachers.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013

Apple admits to Mavericks iWork cockup, promises rescue

Apple has responded to the criticism heaped upon it by users when it removed some features of its iWork productivity suite – Keynote, Pages, and Numbers – and has promised to reinstate "some of these features" in releases over the next six months.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013

AT&T turns spying on customers for CIA into cash waterfall – report

The Central Intelligence Agency is reportedly paying AT&T the princely sum of $10m a year in exchange for a detailed list of international calls made on its networks.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013
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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has vowed that the NSA won't be allowed to get away with its nefarious surveillance of the internet any more … as soon as 1,100 boffins can agree on a PRISM-proofing plan.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013
What the Excel file generated in fig 1 looks like in Excel

Microsoft Excel fingering, Captain Jack Sparrow clog Minneapolis election

The city of Minneapolis is facing a long wait to find out who its new mayor will be as officials wade through an election clouded by a tedious counting process.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2013

Bitcoin burglar bags a million bucks

An Australia developer who goes by the name of “Trade Fortress” alleges a million dollars worth of Bitcoin has been stolen from his virtual wallet.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013

Economical Indian MOM whips up her eggs en route to Mars

India's Space Research Organisation has announced things have gone egg-shaped for its Mangalyaan Mars probe, and that's a good thing.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013

GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

The Gnu Image Manipulation Program, a popular and free Photoshop alternative that glories in the name “The GIMP”, has decided it can no longer permit itself to be downloaded from SourceForge.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013

Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is mulling just whether an alleged upskirter's right to snap women's nether regions is defended by the US constitution, and indeed whether women who unwittingly expose themselves in public have any right to privacy.
Lester Haines, 08 Nov 2013
Photo of Google Glass version 2

Buy-curious minxes and chaps fancy hot wrist action, rest of us baffled

Nearly half of Americans who took part in a survey have dismissed the notion of wearable computers as a fad, say pollsters. However, the tech could tempt peeps under the age of 36.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2013

Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

Vid Microsoft has come up with a new way to market Internet Explorer to Asian customers, and it's a major departure from the kinds of ad campaigns we're used to seeing from Redmond here in the West.
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2013
Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park vows to upload secret World War II code-cracking archives

Bletchley Park, the British wartime code-breaking center that housed computing legends such as Alan Turing and Tommy Flowers, will put its paper archives online after HP provided the scanning hardware to get the job done.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013
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New security standard for CHAPS who have your CREDIT CARD data

A new version of the PCI-DSS payment card industry standard was published yesterday, and is due to come into effect at the start of January.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Pivot3 puts former Perot exec in CEO hotseat

Ron Nash is the new CEO at Pivot3, a 10-year-old converged storage startup that has not been setting the world on fire.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013
Kim Jong-un

Latest global menace: ELECTROPULSE NORKS, apparently

North Korea is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons designed to cripple military and civilian electronics south of the border, it is being claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Nov 2013

Is computer biz Viglen about to GET FIRED? Lord Sugar's firm in rumoured sell-off

Lord Sugar is close to selling education tech supplier Viglen to Westcoast Holdings, folk in Blighty's system builder community are telling us – a claim that has been flatly denied by the named buyer.
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
Picture of a Hong Kong scout

Ging gang cloudy? IBM programmer packs it in for life as an online Scouts badge-tracker

Every week around 400,000 UK Scouts, Cubs, Explorers and Beavers meet and complete activities which contribute to potentially hundreds of badges - but the software which tracks their progress comes from a single enthusiast who saw a problem and created a solution.
Bill Ray, 08 Nov 2013

Feedly gets Greedly: Users suddenly HAVE TO create a Google+ account

Feedly has done an evil thing: it is now demanding anyone who uses the service to log in via a Google+ account - thereby helping the Chocolate Factory to scrape yet more data from netizens.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2013

Windows, Office zero-day vuln must wait for next Patch Tuesday, says MS

Microsoft is lining up eight bulletins for the November edition of patch Tuesday (12 November), including three critical fixes, but there's no relief in sight for a zero-day vulnerability in how Office handles .TIFF graphics files.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013

BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

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Simon Travaglia, 08 Nov 2013
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

Oracle, whose CEO Larry Ellison once slagged off multi-tenant clouds, has now released software to manage those very same multi-tenant databases.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2013

Win 8 PC sales plunge as retailers, disties shave orders by HALF A MILLION in Q3

UK retailers and wholesalers were so busy waiting for Microsoft to release the Windows 8.1 upgrade that they apparently forgot to keep ordering PCs in Q3.
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360

BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

BlackBerry has announced that its new chairman and interim chief John Chen will get $3m in salary and bonuses as well as stock options worth around $86m.
Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg

'Hmm, which is more important: connectivity or malaria vaccine?'

Quotw This was the week when Bill Gates said that Mark Zuckerberg's attempts at benevolent billionaire philanthropy were rubbish. The ex-Microsoftie belittled Zuck's attempts to better mankind by getting everyone online, saying that should be pretty far down on the list of things humanity needs to have fixed.

Boffins build R2-WEE-2: The urine-powered robot with a human-like heart

Scientists have taken one step closer to creating a truly autonomous waste-driven robot by building an artificial heart capable of pumping urine into the machine's bacterially-driven "engine room".
Lester Haines, 08 Nov 2013
BBC Micro coding session

How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “I enjoy these night shifts but what I’d really like is a six-day week with a three-day weekend.”
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Nov 2013

Privacy warriors haul NSA into court, demand swift end to mass call snooping

A collection of civil-liberties campaigners has called on a US federal court to summarily block government agencies from monitoring phones.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2013

Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

The mysterious Google vessel floating in San Francisco Bay is to feature towering sails enabling it to cruise around exhibiting the wonders of technology to an astonished coast, it has been reported.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Nov 2013
Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi

Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

Disney has given Star Wars fans plenty of time to work themselves up into a right state of excitement by announcing that the next movie in the space saga will hit cinemas on 18 December... 2015.
Lester Haines, 08 Nov 2013

Spies and crooks RAVAGE Microsoft's unpatched 0-day HOLE

Both cybercrooks and cyberspies have seized on a recently discovered and as-yet-unpatched Microsoft vulnerability to run attacks.
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Snowden: Hey fellow NSA worker, mind if I copy your PASSWORD?

Edward Snowden persuaded his NSA colleagues to hand over passwords which he later used to download top secret material and leak it to the press.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Nov 2013
Groupon office screen

Groupon splurges $260m on Korean deals firm as cash bleed continues

Groupon has announced that it will be buying Ticket Monster, the Korean firm owned by its daily deals rival Living Social, as it reports another quarterly loss.

HP UK redundancies emerge in enterprise arm

The local fall-out from HP's mass redundancy programme emerged this week with popular channel folk among those exiting the enterprise wing.
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013

Feel Cisco's WRATH: Over 1,000 placed on DENIED partner sh*t list

Exclusive Cisco has launched an EMEA-wide crackdown in the channel after expelling Phoenix IT Group from the Gold Partner network, which our sources alleged was because it flouted support rules by supplying grey market kit.
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
The block of flats at Coronation Avenue, seen after the bombing

KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

Apple fanbois around the world are on red alert after one of the latest fruity fondleslabs caught fire and exploded in an Australian Vodafone shop.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Nov 2013
Doctor Who McCoy titles

Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

Doctor Who @ 50 These days it’s all done with computers, of course.
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2013

Solidfire unfurls MAP to corporate WALLETS, large-scale VDI rollouts

SolidFire claims to have cracked a problem that so many have tried and failed to solve before. It has produced a reference architecture that it hopes will make large-scale corporate VDI rollouts practicable.
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013

Horny lovers FOSSILISED in steamy RUMPY-PUMPY session 156m yrs ago

Two horny beasts have been caught shagging in the missionary position - 165 million years after they started.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Nov 2013
Prison window

IT finance bod coughs to slurping £130k from customers' accounts

IT finance provider Syscap account manager Leigh Jones has been sentenced to 24 months in jail after pleading guilty to nicking more than £100,000 from customers.
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013

Feedly coughs to cockup, KILLS Google+ login as users FLEE

Did Feedly just witness thousands of users unplugging from its service in disgust over its abrupt decision to force everyone to login via a Google+ ID?
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2013

YouTube co-founder either HATES Google+ or his vid account just got HACKED

One of the original creators of YouTube, Jawed Karim - whose face has been viewed millions of times on the video-sharing website - has apparently complained about having to sign in to Google+ to leave a comment below clips.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2013

Facebook profiles go TITSUP! Mystery malady plagues piles of pages

Updated Facebook users have been left in the dark as a chunk of the social network appears to be in the grip of a technical cock-up.
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2013
Tesla S rear end

Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

A third fire in five weeks for Tesla's Model S have sent shares in the electric carmaker down by a further seven per cent.

Amazon CIA cloud row: US judge slaps down IBM as 'manipulative', inferior

The United States Court of Federal Claims has dished the dirt on why IBM lost out on a strategically crucial CIA cloud contract to Amazon Web Services, and this dirt is pungent.
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013

Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

Well, that was quick. Apple has released bug fixes for two of the troubled OS X Mavericks apps that have been causing headaches among users who have updated to that operating system, and has also released a fix for troubles plaguing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013

Microsoft reveals secrets of Azure cloud's networking underbelly

LADIS 2013 Microsoft has revealed the technologies it has pressed into service to provide network virtualization for its hulking Azure cloud – and 'fessed up to some of the thornier problems that appear when you grow a network significantly.
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013
3D metal gun

World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

The world's first 3D-printed metal gun has been produced – and we're told it's more accurate than its factory-made counterpart, but also much more expensive to manufacture.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013
Illustration from Motorola 'Electronic Skin Tattoo' patent application

Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

Google's Motorola Mobility division has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a "system and method" to tattoo a mobile-device microphone with lie-detector circuitry onto your throat.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013
Curtis Clark Green, former Silk Road admin

'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

The former Silk Road employee whom the website's founder allegedly tried to have killed has testified in a Baltimore, Maryland court, casting fresh light on the murky inner workings of the now-defunct online drugs market.
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2013

Smut-spreading copyright trolls told to return cash extracted from victims

The team behind Prenda Law's copyright-trolling business took another hit when a judge ordered it to pay back money to the people it accused of downloading hardcore pornography – AND pay their legal costs.
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013

The TRUTH behind Microsoft Azure's global cloud mega-cock-up

Windows Azure suffered a global meltdown at the end of October that caused us to question whether Microsoft had effectively partitioned off bits of the cloud from one another. Now we have some answers.
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013